Instructor: Person Days: Monday Time: 10:10am – 1:00pm
Location: Uptown Campus West
A course devoted to novels, personal narratives, and poems published between 1850 and 1870, a period commonly associated with American “romanticism” or the “American Renaissance.” We shall read four pairs of works representing various genres and sub-genres. In addition to the primary texts, we shall read selected works of literary criticism exemplifying various critical and theoretical approaches.
Requirements: one short paper/prospectus, one longer research paper, preparation of one annotated bibliography and leading class discussion.
Reading List: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings (WW Norton: 0-393-97953-9)
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (WW Norton: 0-393-97283-6)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (WW Norton: 0-393-93399-4)
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (WW Norton: 0-393-97637-8)
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (WW Norton: 0-393-26544-6)
Edgar Allan Poe, “Ligeia,” “The Black Cat,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “Hop-Frog” (
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (WW Norton: 0-393-97496-0)
Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Harvard UP: 0-674-01824-2)